THE 2014 - 2015 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS - Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. The Winder Cultural Arts Center is proud to partner with South Arts, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and the other fifteen host sites to offer these innovative, thought-provoking, and entertaining films AND the filmmakers who crafted them. ALL films start at 4:00PM and a moderated Q & A Session will follow the film. After that, be sure & join us in the Dining Room for a small reception.
The City of Winder and the Winder Cultural Arts Center offers THE 2014 - 2015 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS as a gift to our community and our patrons. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. Donations to help cover expenses will be graciously accepted. Our film schedule for THE 2014 - 2015 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS is as follows:
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: SPEAK NOW - Secrets unleashed at a wedding cause chaos for the bride and groom, and alter the lives of all in attendance. Powered by performances from a talented ensemble of emerging actors, Speak Now is a romantic "dramedy" about a group of high school friends reuniting for a wedding. Setting aside their personal issues to support the union of Tommy and Anna was the intention of the wedding guests, but as the night unfolds old offenses and a newly mounting scandal plunge the group back into a pool of high-school drama.
OCTOBER 12, 2014: MONA LISA IS MISSING - How did an unassuming housepainter from Italy pull off “the greatest little-known art heist in modern time?” Was his motivation more than money? Writer-director Joe Medeiros traces the path of Vincenzo Peruggia, charged with the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from The Louvre, and follows the story of a daughter mourning the father she never knew and a country recovering from old wounds. Combining historical photographs, animation and interviews with Peruggia’s descendants, Medeiros answers why and how the man called “Macaroni” by his French co-workers absconded with and kept the legendary painting for two years. This riveting, often humorous documentary portrays a man struggling to find his way in the world and make his family proud. Most touching are the scenes of Peruggia’s 84-year-old daughter, Celestina, who grew up on stories about her father and longed for the truth.
NOVEMBER 9, 2014: GO WITH LE FLO is a family friendly, romantic comedy in German and French. It’s a charming story about finding true love and taking chances. Florian is half-German, half-French and owns ‘Le Flo’ – a French delicatessen in Berlin that specializes in salami. When he meets Camille, the daughter of a famous French director, it’s love at first sight. Florian wants to ask Camille to marry him, but there’s a problem. Meanwhile, Florian’s best friend Jenny, who’s German and owns a bakery just down the street, is in love with Florian but doesn’t know how to tell him. GO WITH LE FLO explores what true love is, with plenty of twists and turns (some on a Vespa), and lots of salami! It was shot in Berlin by the award winning film team (and music group), Bright Blue Gorilla. BBG brought together a cast and crew from 20 different countries – an international labor of love. The cast is filled with fresh new faces from the legendary Bertolt Brecht Theater’s Berliner Ensemble. Berlin designers and businesses donated their original fashions and locations respectively for filming.
FEBRUARY 8, 2015: BROTHERS HYPNOTIC - For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, brotherhood is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as the brothers try to make it—while playing in the streets of New York, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing at a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them tested.
MARCH 15, 2015: THE STARFISH THROWERS - Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired school teacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Allan Law battles personal health issues as he hand-delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis. This documentary tells tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions.
APRIL 12, 2015: IF YOU BUILD IT - If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power to re-invent not just their town, but their own sense of what’s possible. For more information on these events, or any other event scheduled for the Winder Cultural Arts Center, Please call 770-867-9011.